Portola Man Sets Fire to His Home-Faces Arson Charges and Violation of Parole

A Portola man sets fire to his previous home. Monday the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office received several 911 calls reporting a structure fire on Main St. Units from Beckwourth Fire, Eastern Plumas Fire and Sierra Valley Fire responded and were able to quickly put out the fire, it was determined no one was in the home. The next day, Detectives from the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office learned the previous occupant of the home had been in the area just before the fire was reported. Detectives began an investigation assisted by Beckwourth Fire Chief Russell and found that Joel Walker of Portola, was responsible for setting the fire. Walker was arrested for Arson and Violation of Parole and transported to the Plumas County Correctional Center where he was booked and is being held on $250,000 bail.